by Nick van Terheyden MD and Gregg Masters MPH
One ritual on the punch-list of many thought leaders (in both capital ‘P’ policy and operational theaters) and innovators in the healthcare transformational conversation is the work of Vidar Jorgenson, et al, producing and curating the World Health Care Congress annual gathering in our nation’s capital.
Health Innovation Media was on the ground with our #pinksocks pop-up studio in 2018. We live streamed our audio featuring top talent including former Chief Technology Officer of the United States under the Obama Administration and President, Care Journey Aneesh Chopra, then Assistant Medical Director and CMIO, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California John Mattison, MD and former Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President of UPMC, now EVP and Chief Strategy Officer of Atrium Health Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA.
This year our colleague Nick van Terheyden, MD aka ‘Dr. Nick‘, served up an agile version of our pop-studio and managed to tap top talent in the mix including: Craig Samitt, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Minnesota, Martin Makary, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief Islet Transplantation, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Robert Pearl, MD, former CEO of the Permanete Medical Group and author of ‘Mistreated: Why We Think We Are Getting Good Healthcare – And Why We’re Usually Wrong‘ and Former Secretary of the Veterans Administration, the honorable David Shulkin, MD.
I especially appreciate Dr. Samitt’s sober commentary on the apparent failure of industry wide innovation efforts to restrain the persistent appetite of our production driven healthcare economy, and it’s strain on the budgets of the American people including Federal, State and local governments. Dr. Samitt’s candor brings to mind a 2014 post on ACO Watch titled: ‘‘Eating Glass?’: A DaVita Healthcare Partners Hiccup or Impending Physician Integration Implosion?’ Take a look, in my biased opinion it’s worth the read.